Night of hell as sewage floods fam­ily home

Grocott's Mail - - NEWS - By LOY­ISO DYONGMAN

An un­bear­able sewage stench com­ing from in­side an Ex­ten­sion 9 fam­ily home forced its six oc­cu­pants to go and sleep in the care­taker’s house near the hall.

On Mon­day 28 Au­gust it was sewage all over the house and the fam­ily sat out­side not know­ing where to start. The main sewage man­hole pipe sit­u­ated in the yard was spilling over.

In­side the 25 Mthathi Street house, sewage had spewed from a nearby in­spec­tion cover and spread through­out the house. Makana Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of­fi­cials pleaded with the fam­ily to go and sleep in the Ex­ten­sion 9 care­taker's house that day. Ayanda Jawa, a fam­ily mem­ber liv­ing in that house, said he was called by his sis­ter from work on Mon­day to come and help them re­move fur­ni­ture from the house.

“I was forced to leave work and come back home. When I ar­rived here the sewage was all over the house as you can see now.

“Gro­ceries have been de­stroyed and we don’t have food to eat now. The fridge is also not work­ing now be­cause of this flood­ing. This has been hap­pen­ing since 2001 and the Makana Mu­nic­i­pal­ity is aware as we have been re­port­ing this since then. This is the third time this has hap­pened this year,” said Jawa.

Makana mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s Wa­ter and San­i­ta­tion Man­ager Ntombi Tshi­cilela also went to that home to at­tend the mat­ter that evening. She spoke to Gro­cott’s Mail and said the mat­ter would be dealt with im­me­di­ately.

“The fam­ily will be pro­vided with a place to sleep tonight, but some­thing needs to hap­pen,” Tshi­cilela said.

“The prob­lem is the man­hole that is right here in this yard. What hap­pens now is that sewage from all the houses in this par­tic­u­lar area comes to this man­hole. This house should have not been built here. Def­i­nitely the house needs to be de­mol­ished. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity would then need to iden­tify a house that is not oc­cu­pied in Ex­ten­sion 10 and give it to this fam­ily. That would be a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to this prob­lem,” said Tshicelela.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from the fam­ily, the sewage spill started around mid­day on Mon­day. They re­ported it to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and of­fi­cials ar­rived with dis­in­fec­tant pow­der.

Six peo­ple live in the house, among them chil­dren and a 70-year-old woman un­der­go­ing TB treat­ment. The pen­sioner said she had been sit­ting out­side the house all day with noth­ing to eat.

In­spec­tion cov­ers are con­structed at in­ter­vals along the sewer lines for pro­vid­ing ac­cess into them. They al­low the join­ing of sew­ers or chang­ing the di­rec­tion of the sewer, or the align­ment of a sewer, or both.

The fam­ily will be pro­vided with a place to sleep tonight, but some­thing needs to hap­pen

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